Bangladesh on Thursday urged the international community to remain vocal in demanding justice for the victims of atrocities in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque made the call at a seminar in The Hague, Netherlands, while presenting the keynote speech on “Global Compact for Migration Governance: Issues, Zero Draft and Way Forward,” said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Friday.
The seminar, titled “Improving International Migration Regimes,” was organized by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University at its campus.
In response to a question, the foreign secretary narrated the atrocities committed on the Rohingyas and the systematic exile of the Rohingya population by Myanmar authorities through violence, rape, terror, and economic blockade.
Underlining the necessity for governance of international migration, Shahidul Haque suggested a hybrid global migration governance system, if not a legally-binding convention on migration governance. He described Bangladesh as a source, transit and destination country of migration.
The foreign secretary also responded to questions on issues such as climate change induced migration, skilled versus general migration, businesses' needs, and the role of migration.
Acting rector of ISS Prof Des Gasper also spoke at the seminar.
Members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps, international organisations, academia, students, business representatives, local and international media representatives, and expatriate community members were in attendance, among others.